Flora And Fauna From Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

It’s the season for the Silk Cotton tree to bloom and this is the sight that greets you, all across the countryside. The big, bright red blooms draw one’s attention and the huge trees are a haven for numerous birds. To read up the details on the tree, here’s the Wiki link http://en wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombax

These are the images I captured near the wildlife sanctuary where we spent the day today.

The tall trees in full bloom near the periphery of the park.

A Datura/Thorn Apple bloom in the wild in the park area. What a deep, rich purple. Pictured below are the fruit. Some of the dry ones have burst and the seeds can be seen.

The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is about 2 hour’s drive from Guwahati. The place was declared a Sanctuary in 1971 in order to protect the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Now it is known for the highest density of the one-horned rhinoceros in the world. It also has its unique wetland eco-system. These wetlands are the nesting grounds for migratory and indigenous water birds.

In the month of January, the landscape is dominated by cleome blooms in a bright shade of pink. And many butterflies! But during this season it is dry and dusty. But there’s a kind of charm in every season. One look at the blooms of the Silk Cotton tree and the dust is momentarily forgotten!! Pictured below is the ‘face’ of the datura. The bloom is a beautiful mix of white and purple.

Ducks in the water body known as ‘beel’ inside the park. ‘Beels’ are generally formed by inundation of low-lying lands during flooding. They may also be created during the rainy season, especially during the monsoon season. These water bodies are of great biological and environmental significance.

I don’t recognize the tiny bird (above) but the one below looks like the Indian Roller. I have never seen or photographed this bird before. That blue was most striking!

A pond heron on another water body. There were many aquatic birds in the area.

Wild grass and Bush Morning Glory thrive. It doesn’t look as if there’s any sign of life here. But the sanctuary guards showed me how pythons blend into these surroundings. Guided by them, I got a few shots of two pythons (not fully grown) all coiled up on a clump of grass and the criss-cross of roots and stems of the Bush Morning Glory.

I’d never have guessed! In this dry season I thought snakes were rarely seen. Now I know.

Egrets galore! The sanctuary is only 38.8 square kms. But it is a haven for birds. In winter, thousands of migratory birds come here. The other animals found here are the Asiatic buffalo, leopard, wild bear, monkeys, civet and various reptiles.

About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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25 Responses to Flora And Fauna From Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

  1. Mildred says:

    Hi Kanak, What a fun and exciting trip. I can’t believe the blue on that one bird and oh, the snakes!!! Many years ago, I remember having the purple datura and those unusual seed pods. Thank you for sharing another interesting part of your world with me today.

    • kanak7 says:

      Mildred, there were two kingfishers on the power lines. One flew away and the other one resulted in a hazy image:(( It’s difficult to get good shots of birds! I’ve always been afraid of snakes but somehow the python seemed like a ‘subject’ to be captured. Had I been alone, I’d have run for my life!!

  2. lotusleaf says:

    Lovely pictures! I miss the red silk cotton trees, which I rarely see now. The snake is awesome.You can’t detect it unless you look closely. I like the way the ducks swim in the beel. Thanks for sharing, Kanak.

    • kanak7 says:

      Padma, too bad I couldn’t stop wherever there were blooming trees. Some of our forested areas are indeed very beautiful. Now the drumstick trees are in full bloom. And so are the Coral trees. I really don’t have to go far to see these sights. And blogging makes us so aware of these changes in seasons.

  3. wendy says:

    What a fun trip! That little bird looks like a chickadee from our part of the world. Don’t really know if you have any. That purple datura is gorgeous – and it was nice to see the spikey fruit. Think I’ll pass on the snake – they make me shudder!

    Love the red silk cotton trees. Everything was beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    • kanak7 says:

      Wendy, that’s what it is! I looked up some Google images and they look the same. It was very noisy and never stopped calling the whole time it was on the tree.
      I only know the names of the most common birds here. But with this passion for photographing them (now) I hope to learn their names now:) Glad you told me!

  4. joey says:

    So lovely, Kanak! The tall trees in full bloom and Datura/Thorn Apple bloom, especially stunning and frame worthy! Happy Valentine’s Day! ♡♥Hearts♥♡

  5. Thomas says:

    Nice post, the sighting of the Pythons should have been a thrilling experience.

    • kanak7 says:

      Hi Thomas…oh it was! I’d never have thought that such large snakes could remain coiled inside a tuft of grass. Or that the stems of the bushes could camouflage wildlife so well. This is an experience I’ll never forget!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Autumn Belle says:

    The tree is beautiful very special especially if it blooms in winter. The flowers look like cherry blossoms and the there seem to be no leaves on the tree. How interesting! This santuary is a nice place to visit, I’m sure. I love your wildlife pictures. Happy belated Valentine’s Day!

    • kanak7 says:

      Thanks, Autumn Belle. The forest and the countryside looks so beautiful now. I’m so glad I made that trip. Every bit of travel makes one aware of the changes in the landscape. The rains will bring another kind of charm. It’s just that the leeches can be scary!!!

  7. Birdy says:

    Interesting post with too many amazing captures. I have a few silk cotton tree on my farm. But still have to wait to see their blooms. We have a different species of wild datura. The species in our area have relatively large leaves and white flowers. The blue bird in looking very similar to Indian blue jay.

    • kanak7 says:

      Birdy, there’s just a slight difference in the blooming season, I think. I’d love to see that kind of datura. As for the bird, Indian Blue Jay is another name for the Indian Roller. The blog called Nature Stop has many amazing pictures of birds and I’d first seen these blue birds there. I’m learning to identify birds now. Any comment such as this one is most welcome.

  8. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is very beautiful Kanak! It is wonderful we have protected places the world over! I love your fourth and fifth photos especially! Great birds shots too. I would not want to run into those pythons or a rhino!! ;>)

    • kanak7 says:

      Carol, surprisingly I didn’t manage to shoot any rhinos that day. They were too far away! The sanctuary is surrounded by villages and despite the growing rhino population, there’s no chance for the place to be made bigger. I feel the same too! About pythons and rhinos!!!

  9. Susie says:

    Thanks for taking us on the tour Kanak! I enjoyed all of it except for seeing the snake. Yikes!!!

    • kanak7 says:

      Susie, I’ve always felt the same way about snakes but out there it was just something else to be photographed. I wonder if it’s because DH likes to watch snake-related shows on TV?!!! It didn’t feel much different finally getting to see them in real life!

  10. Andria says:

    Thank you for taking all of us on your tour of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
    What do you do when you run into a one-horned rhino? (We only have to worry about skunks in our neighborhood.)

    • kanak7 says:

      Andria, that’d be most frightening!!! The thought does cross our minds when we go to these nature parks. It’d be a situation unlike the skunks! LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by….simply love your idea of a Giving Garden.

  11. Titania says:

    I love these, preserved natural areas. It is so important to have these place to give us a glimpse of nature in the raw. The silk cotton tree is amazing I always wanted one! Great to see this lovely part of your country. So many flowers I covet in my garden are flowering in abundance in the wild. Love to see the birds. I am glad the rhinos are save, so I think I would not like to meet one eye to eye! I am more familiar with the Pythons!

    • kanak7 says:

      Trudi, I did remember the python that lives in your garden. Wow, I’ll never forget that post! The silk cotton trees are blooming all across the countryside. There were so many but my husband was driving and he didn’t want to stop!!! When we make a trip of this kind, it’s always so wonderful to see the changing landscape. There are many more varieties of datura and cassia in the wild. I hope I can also include them in my future posts. Always a pleasure to have you stop by.

  12. lisa says:

    Thank you for a glimpse into this wildlife preserve. The flora and fauna are incredibly exciting to my American eyes. Perhaps your mystery bird is a tit? I think they are seen in India.

    • kanak7 says:

      Hi Lisa, thanks for the visit! Yes, that’s a tit. I wouldn’t have known but Wendy/Changes With Seasons told me about it. But I’m so glad to have you here!:)))

  13. Manindra basumatary says:

    Its amazing. I realy love it

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